One of our Melbourne based Workshop Facilitators, Julie Cowley, has just completed two days of training for 37 Polish speaking Volunteers as ‘Life Story’ autobiographers using our resources. Read more here: Everyone has a story to tell: A Victorian Polish Palliative Care Approach. The Polish Community Council of Victoria have professionally trained staff and volunteers [...]
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Jolene Hill wants to encourage families to have meaningful conversations about what really matters in life. Her campaign 'Life's short..so let's talk' is designed to recognize our intrinsic need to remember and celebrate our life and achievements and talk about our wishes for our future. She is passionate about the importance of creating a record [...]
The Australian ABC network have conducted a national survey in July 2019 with 54,970 people from all over the country. The survey invited them to share their feelings and thoughts and answer questions about their attitudes, behaviours and experiences. Their aim was to an insight into Australian’s everyday life, and to help people understand where [...]
If you were suddenly injured in an accident or became seriously ill, who would know your choices in health care? If you have strong beliefs about what you want to happen in your future, it is vitally important to make your choices known now. No matter what age, we should all make our wishes know [...]
Sharing your life story encourages families to have conversations about life and what matters most. The power of telling your own story cannot be overestimated. A great story resonates with us emotionally and can be treasured by the family as a keepsake, for years to come. There are the important events that shape our lives [...]
“The way we die lives on in the memory of those who survive”. This quote is from Dame Cicely Saunders (1918-2005), founder of the modern hospice movement. Hospice care is a philosophy of care that focuses on the palliation of a terminally ill patient's symptoms & pain, and attends to their emotional and spiritual needs. [...]
Australian Medical Association President, Dr Michael Gannon, stated on 20th May 2018, “All Australians should consider planning for their end of life care, so that their families and doctors know their wishes. Australians need to plan ahead for their end of life care and discuss it with their loved ones and health professionals”. When [...]
It’s a fact of life that we are all going to die one day. There is no ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card when it comes to death….no deals to be made....no exceptions. For many people, thinking about death evokes strong emotions of anxiety and fear. Others will push thoughts of death aside, laugh [...]
The role of a death doula, (or end of life doula), has been gaining a lot of interest in the past few years. So what exactly is a death doula? The term doula has been around for centuries. In ancient Greece, it was used to describe both a household servant and a woman who serves. They [...]
At various stages of adulthood, we will all have to plan ahead. It may be you are planning for the later stages of your life, or simply because of major lifestyle changes such as starting a family or travelling overseas for the first time or for an extended period of time. Life’s a gamble – [...]